Names Starting with M

gender
usage
Motiejus m Lithuanian
Older Lithuanian form of Matthew.
Motke m Yiddish
Yiddish diminutive of Mordecai.
Motya m & f Russian
Diminutive of Matvey or Matrona 1.
Mouna f Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of Arabic منى (see Muna) chiefly used in Northern Africa.
Mouric m Old Welsh
Old Welsh form of Meurig.
Mouses m Biblical Greek
Greek form of Moses.
Moussa m Arabic, Western African
Alternate transcription of Arabic موسى (see Musa), as well as the form commonly used in western Africa.
Moustafa m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic مصطفى (see Mustafa).
Moustapha m Western African
Form of Mustafa used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Mowgli m Literature
Created by Rudyard Kipling for a character in The Jungle Book (1894) and its sequel (1895), in which Mowgli is a feral boy who was raised by wolves in the jungle of central India. His name, given to him by his adopted wolf parents, is said to mean "frog" in the stories, though Kipling admitted the name was made up.
Moyna f Irish
Variant of Mona 1.
Moyra f Irish, Scottish
Variant of Moira.
Moysei m Old Church Slavic
Old Church Slavic form of Moses.
Moyses m Biblical Latin
Variant Latin form of Moses. This spelling is used in some versions of the Vulgate.
Mozelle f English
Possibly a feminine form of Moses.
Mózes m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Moses.
Mozes m Dutch
Dutch form of Moses.
Mozhdeh f Persian
Means "good news" in Persian.
Mozhgan f Persian
Means "eyelashes" in Persian.
Mphatso m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
Mpho m & f Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
Mridula f Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit मृदु (mridu) meaning "soft, delicate, gentle".
Mstislav m Czech (Rare), Russian (Rare), Medieval Slavic
Means "vengeance and glory" from the Slavic elements misti "vengeance" and slava "glory".
Mtendere m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
Mu m & f Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "admire, desire", () meaning "tree, wood", or other characters with similar pronunciations.
Muadhnait f Irish (Rare)
Means "little noble one", derived from the Old Irish poetic word muad meaning "noble, good" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a 6th-century saint, a sister of Saint Mo Laisse.
Muadnat f Old Irish
Old Irish form of Muadhnait.
Mubin m Arabic
Means "clear, distinct" in Arabic.
Mubina f Arabic
Feminine form of Mubin.
Mubiru m Eastern African, Ganda
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a figure in Ganda mythology associated with forests and hunting.
Mücahit m Turkish
Means "fighter" in Turkish.
Mudiwa f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "beloved, darling" in Shona.
Mufaddal m Arabic
Means "preferred" in Arabic.
Müge f Turkish
Means "lily of the valley" in Turkish (species Convallaria majalis).
Muhamad m Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Indonesian, Malay and Avar variant of Muhammad.
Muhamadkhan m Avar
Combination of Muhamad and the Turkic title khan meaning "ruler, leader".
Muhamed m Bosnian
Bosnian form of Muhammad.
Muhamet m Albanian
Albanian form of Muhammad.
Muhammad m Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Bengali, Tajik, Uzbek, Indonesian, Malay, Avar
Means "praised, commendable" in Arabic, derived from the root حَمِدَ (hamida) meaning "to praise". This was the name of the prophet who founded the Islamic religion in the 7th century. According to Islamic belief, at age 40 Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel, who provided him with the first verses of the Quran. Approximately 20 years later he conquered Mecca, the city of his birth, and his followers controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula at the time of his death in 632.... [more]
Muhammadu m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of Muhammad.
Muhammed m Turkish, Arabic
Turkish form of Muhammad, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
Muhammet m Turkish
Turkish form of Muhammad.
Muhemmet m Uyghur
Uyghur form of Muhammad.
Muhsin m Arabic, Turkish
Means "beneficent" in Arabic.
Muhsina f Arabic
Feminine form of Muhsin.
Muhtar m Turkish
Turkish form of Mukhtar.
Muir m Scottish
From a Scottish surname, derived from Scots muir meaning "moor, fen". This name could also be inspired by Scottish Gaelic muir meaning "sea".
Muirchertach m Old Irish
Means "mariner" in Irish. This was the name of a 6th-century Irish high king.
Muire f Irish
Irish form of Maria (see Mary). This form is typically reserved for the Virgin Mary, with Máire used as a given name.
Muireadhach m Medieval Irish, Scottish Gaelic
From Old Irish Muiredach meaning "lord, master". This was the name of several legendary and historical kings of Ireland.
Muireall f Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic form of Muirgel.
Muiredach m Old Irish
Old Irish form of Muireadhach.
Muirenn f Old Irish, Irish Mythology
From Old Irish muir "sea" and finn "fair, white". This is another name of Muirne, the mother of the legendary hero Fionn mac Cumhaill.
Muirgel f Old Irish
Means "bright sea", derived from Old Irish muir "sea" and gel "bright".
Muirgen f Irish Mythology
Means "born of the sea" in Irish. In Irish legend this was the name of a woman (originally named Lí Ban) who was transformed into a mermaid. After 300 years she was brought to shore, baptized, and transformed back into a woman.
Muirgheal f Irish (Rare)
Modern form of Muirgel.
Muirín f Irish (Rare)
Modern form of Muirgen.
Muiris m Irish
Irish form of Maurice.
Muirne f Irish Mythology
From Irish muirn meaning either "affection, endearment" or "festivity, exuberance". In Irish legend this was the name of the mother of Fionn mac Cumhaill. She is also called Muirenn.
Müjde f Turkish
Turkish form of Mozhdeh.
Müjgan f Turkish
Turkish form of Mozhgan.
Mujo m Bosnian
Bosnian diminutive of Mustafa.
Mukami f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "the one who milks the cows" in Kikuyu.
Mukesha m Hinduism
Means "ruler of Muka" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Shiva, given to him because he killed Muka, a demon in the form of a wild boar.
Mukhamed m Kazakh
Kazakh form of Muhammad.
Mukhammed m Kazakh
Kazakh form of Muhammad.
Mukhtar m Arabic, Urdu, Kazakh
Means "chosen" in Arabic.
Mukta f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "liberated, set free" in Sanskrit.
Mukul m Indian, Hindi
Means "bud, blossom" in Sanskrit.
Mulan f Chinese Mythology
From Chinese 木兰 (mùlán) meaning "magnolia". This is the name of a legendary female warrior who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place when he is conscripted into the army.
Mumbi f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "she who shapes" in Kikuyu. In Kikuyu mythology Mumbi was the wife of Gikuyu and the mother of his nine daughters.
Mümin m Turkish
Turkish form of Mumin.
Mumin m Arabic
Means "believer" in Arabic.
Mumina f Arabic
Feminine form of Mumin.
Mümine f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Mumin.
Mümtaz m Turkish
Turkish form of Mumtaz.
Mumtaz m & f Arabic, Urdu
Means "distinguished" in Arabic. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as tomb for his wife Mumtaz Mahal (1593-1631).
Muna f Arabic
Means "wishes, desires", from the plural of Arabic منية (munyah).
Munashe m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona, derived from ishe meaning "lord, God".
Mundi m Old Norse
Short form of Old Norse names ending with the element mundr "protection".
Mundzuk m Medieval Turkic
Old Turkic form of Bendegúz.
Mungo m Scottish
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a Brythonic phrase meaning "my dear". This was a nickname of the 6th-century Saint Kentigern.
Münir m Turkish
Turkish form of Munir.
Munir m Arabic
Means "bright, shining" in Arabic.
Munira f Arabic
Feminine form of Munir.
Münire f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of Munir.
Munkhtsetseg f Mongolian
Alternate transcription of Mongolian Cyrillic Мөнхцэцэг (see Mönkhtsetseg).
Munro m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of Monroe.
Munroe m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of Monroe.
Munya f Arabic
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic.
Munyaradzi m Southern African, Shona
Means "comforter, consoler" in Shona, from nyaradza "to make quiet, to console".
Mupitsukupʉ m Indigenous American, Comanche
Means "old owl" in Comanche, derived from mupitsi "owl" and tsukupʉ "old man". This name was borne by a 19th-century chief of the Penateka Comanche.
Murad m Arabic, Urdu, Azerbaijani, Avar
Means "wish, desire" in Arabic. This name was borne by several Ottoman sultans.
Murali m Hinduism, Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi
Means "flute" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Krishna, given to him because he played the flute.
Murat m Turkish, Bosnian
Turkish and Bosnian form of Murad.
Murchad m Old Irish
Old Irish form of Murchadh.
Murchadh m Medieval Irish, Scottish Gaelic
Means "sea battle", derived from Old Irish muir "sea" and cath "battle". This name was borne by several medieval Irish chieftains and kings. It is Anglicized as Murdo in Scotland.
Murdag f Scottish Gaelic
Feminine form of Murdo.
Murdo m Scottish
Anglicized form of Murchadh.
Murdoch m Scottish
Anglicized form of Muireadhach.
Muriel f English, French, Irish, Scottish, Medieval Breton (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Irish Muirgel and Scottish Muireall. A form of this name was also used in Brittany, and it was first introduced to medieval England by Breton settlers in the wake of the Norman Conquest. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel John Halifax, Gentleman (1856).
Murielle f French
French variant of Muriel.
Murna f Irish (Rare)
Anglicized form of Muirne.
Murphy m & f English
From a common Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Murchadha, itself derived from the given name Murchadh. As a given name, it has been borne by female characters on the American television series Murphy Brown (1988-1998) and the movie Interstellar (2014).
Murray m Scottish, English
From a surname, which is either Scottish or Irish in origin (see Murray 1 and Murray 2).
Murron f Popular Culture
Used in the 1995 movie Braveheart for William Wallace's wife, who is murdered early in the film. In reality, Wallace may have been married to a woman named Marion.
Murrough m Irish
Anglicized form of Murchadh.
Murtada m Arabic
Means "chosen" in Arabic. This is an epithet of Ali, the fourth caliph.
Murtagh m Irish
Anglicized form of Muirchertach.
Murtaz m Georgian
Georgian form of Murtada.
Murtaza m Urdu, Arabic
Urdu form of Murtada, as well as an alternate transcription of the Arabic name.
Murugan m Hinduism, Tamil
Possibly from a Dravidian word meaning "youth". This is the name of a Tamil war god identified with Skanda.
Musa m Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Western African, Hausa
Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Hausa form of Moses.
Mus'ad m Arabic
Means "lucky" in Arabic.
Muscowequan m Indigenous American, Ojibwe (Anglicized)
From Ojibwe Maskawigwan meaning "hard quill", derived from mashkawaa "hard" and gaaway "quill". This was the name of a 19th-century Saulteaux chief.
Mustafa m Arabic, Turkish, Bosnian, Urdu
Means "the chosen one" in Arabic, an epithet of Muhammad. This was the name of four Ottoman sultans. Another famous bearer was Mustafa Kemal (1881-1938), also known as Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.
Mustapha m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic مصطفى (see Mustafa).
Mu'tamid m Arabic
Means "relying on, leaning on" in Arabic. Al-Mu'tamid was a 9th-century Abbasid caliph. This was also the name of an 11th-century Abbadid ruler of Seville, who was a patron of the arts and a poet.
Mu'tasim m Arabic
Means "taking refuge in" in Arabic.
Muthoni f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "mother-in-law" in Kikuyu.
Mwanahamisi f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born on Thursday" in Swahili.
Mwanahawa f Eastern African, Swahili
Combination of Swahili mwana meaning "child" and the name Hawa.
Mwanaidi f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born during the festival" in Swahili.
Mwanaisha f Eastern African, Swahili
Combination of Swahili mwana meaning "child" and the name Aisha.
Mwanajuma f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born on Friday" in Swahili.
Mwangi m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "rapid expansion" in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations. The Mwangi generation started around the beginning of the 20th century and lasted for about 30 years.
Mwayi f & m Southern African, Chewa
Means "opportunity" in Chewa.
Mwenya f & m Southern African, Chewa
From the Chewa word for a type of flowering tree (species Breonadia salicina).
My f Swedish
Swedish diminutive of Maria.
Mỹ f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (mỹ) meaning "beautiful".
Myeong m & f Korean
From Sino-Korean (myeong) meaning "bright, light, clear" or other hanja characters with the same pronunciation. Although it does appear rarely as a single-character name, it is more often used in combination with another character.
Myeong-Suk f Korean
From Sino-Korean (myeong) meaning "bright, light, clear" combined with (suk) meaning "good, pure, virtuous, charming". Other hanja combinations are possible.
Myf f Welsh
Short form of Myfanwy.
Myfanwy f Welsh
From the Welsh prefix my meaning "my, belonging to me" (an older form of fy) combined with either manwy meaning "fine, delicate" or banwy meaning "woman" (a variant of banw). This was the name of an 1875 Welsh song composed by Joseph Parry.
Myghal m Cornish
Cornish form of Michael.
Mykhail m Ukrainian
Ukrainian variant form of Michael.
Mykhaila f Ukrainian
Ukrainian feminine form of Michael.
Mykhailo m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Michael.
Mykhaylo m Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian Михайло (see Mykhailo).
Mykola m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Nicholas.
Mykolas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Michael.
Mykyta m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Niketas.
Myla f English (Modern)
Possibly a feminine form of Miles, influenced by similar-sounding names such as Kyla.
Mylène f French
Combination of Marie and Hélène. It can also be used as a French form of Milena.
Myles 1 m English
Variant of Miles.
Myles 2 m Greek Mythology
Probably from Greek μύλη (myle) meaning "mill". This was the name of a king of Laconia in Greek mythology.
Mynte f Danish
Means "mint" in Danish.
Myra f English
Created by the 17th-century poet Fulke Greville. He possibly based it on Latin myrra meaning "myrrh" (a fragrant resin obtained from a tree). Otherwise, he may have simply rearranged the letters from the name Mary. Although unrelated etymologically, this is also the name of an ancient city of Anatolia.
Myrddin m Welsh Mythology, Welsh
Original Welsh form of Merlin. It is probably ultimately from the name of the Romano-British settlement Moridunum, derived from Celtic *mori "sea" and *dūnom "rampart, hill fort". Prefixed with Welsh caer "fort", this town has been called Caerfyrddin (Carmarthen in English) from medieval times. It is thought that Caerfyrddin may have mistakenly been interpreted as meaning "fort of Myrddin", as if Myrddin were a personal name instead of a later development of Moridunum.... [more]
Myrgjǫl f Old Norse
Old Norse form of Muirgel.
Myriam f French
French form of Miriam.
Myrna f Irish (Rare), English
Anglicized form of Muirne. The popularity of this name spiked in the United States in the 1930s due to the fame of the actress Myrna Loy (1905-1933).
Myron m English, Ukrainian, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μύρον (myron) meaning "sweet oil, perfume". Myron was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek sculptor. Saints bearing this name include a 3rd-century bishop of Crete and a 4th-century martyr from Cyzicus who was killed by a mob. These saints are more widely revered in the Eastern Church, and the name has generally been more common among Eastern Christians. As an English name, it has been used since the 19th century.
Myroslav m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Miroslav.
Myroslava f Ukrainian
Ukrainian feminine form of Miroslav.
Myrrhine f Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μύρρα (myrrha) meaning "myrrh".
Myrthe f Dutch
From Dutch mirte, a cognate of Myrtle.
Myrtie f English
Diminutive of Myrtle.
Myrtle f English
Simply from the English word myrtle for the evergreen shrub, ultimately from Greek μύρτος (myrtos). It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.
Myrto f Greek, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
From Greek μύρτος (myrtos) meaning "myrtle". This was the name of a few characters from Greek mythology, including one of the Maenads.
Myung m & f Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul (see Myeong).
Mzia f Georgian
Derived from Georgian მზე (mze) meaning "sun".